Night market festival
Friday 15 June 2012, 6.30–9.30pm. The Hall. Free.
Indulge in the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the Silk Road at the National Museum's night market festival. Enjoy food and craft, stalls, art demonstrations, music and more.
The Silk Road is the greatest trading route in history. For centuries goods including silk, silver, spices, language, food and glass wear, and ideas moved along its length.
The Silk Road night market festival will transform your senses with a blend of traditional music and dance, market stalls and foods.
The Canberra Astronomical Society will turn their telescopes to the heavens and answer questions about the stars.
Tantalise your senses and join the cultural exchange at the the Silk Road night market festival for:
- jewellery, silver and semi-precious stones
- food including kebabs and gozleme
- Turkish sweets and delicacies
- teas and spices
- poetry performances in the exhibition
- traditional music and dancing demonstrations
- free entry to the exhibition.
Timelapse YouTube video of a great night
From set up to the end of the night - some 10,000 people came to the Museum's night market and joined the festivities.
Some of the night market festival stallholders
A Dawn Design
Unique pieces of jewellery influenced by the Silk Road. Designs incorporate materials that continue to be traded from this area to the rest of the world.
A wide range of original jewellery assembled using rare and semiprecious gemstones from Jaipur, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
A large variety of balsamic vinegars including fig, caramel and white wine flavours.
Creme n Sugar
Locally produced delicious macaroons in flavours inspired by the Silk Road including chai and rosewater.
Glenbog Fine Teas
Eighty Australian and imported black teas, green teas, white tea, herbal infusions and fruit infusions. Specialising in Daintree Chai and organic herbal blends.
Harriet Barry Jewellery and Stuart the Cat Designs
Beautiful jewellery made using many of the same techniques and materials used by the original makers along the Silk Road. Combining silver, gold and brass with handmade glass, precious and semi-precious stones.
Helene's iPad bags
Beautifully crafted silk bags for travels – perfect for iPads, maps and papers.
In My Element Glass Design
Unique pieces of handcrafted fused glass art including platters, bowls, dishes, plates, jewellery and accessories.
Jabal Al Hoss embroideries
Hand embroidered panels and small textile items from the Jabal Al Hoss Women's Cooperative, in rural Syria, and Anat Design, Damascus. Combining rich textile traditions with modern cultural influences, vibrant colours, landscapes and scenes of daily life.
Jane Brown Pearls
Specialising in designing beautiful high quality jewellery. Jane's designs feature stunning freshwater pearls and unique semi-precious stones. Traditional carpets and saddle rugs from Mongolia and Tibet as well as embroidered textiles from Beijing will be on display and for sale.
A large selection of home-made pickles, chutneys and curry pastes using fresh, local ingredients along with spice packs and sauces.
Specially designed jewellery pieces using combined materials from the Silk Road, and a range of jewellery from stones unique to Australia, showcasing the colours of the Australian bush.
Mountain Creek Wholefoods
Hand-dyed wool and silk knitwear, including scarves, wraps, coats and jackets. Fully designed and hand-crafted in Canberra.
Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the sounds of a traditional Arabic acoustic guitar.
Precious but affordable jewellery inspired by ancient craftsmanship from the souqs and bazaars of the Middle East and by mid-20th century design. Incorporating materials from the Middle East, China, India and Africa.
Spice Island Design
Jewellery, handbags, luxurious wraps and wooden homewares from families of Bali and Lombok craftspeople operating in their traditional settings on a fair trade basis established as a result of the Bali bombings.
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Taste of Turkey
Offering gozleme, a traditional Ottoman cuisine of flat pastry, filled with cheese and spinach, cooked on a griddle and served with lemon.
Beautiful wares supporting the artistic heritage of India, the Himalaya and the Central Asian region. Contemporary designs combined with traditional textile techniques of handblock printing, weaving, hand embroidery and paper making.
Tibetan artefacts, handmade jewellery, religious items and clothing from refugees in India, Nepal and Tibet, supporting Tibetan communities by providing market access for their goods.
Unique handmade fabrics from Uzbekistan and handmade porcelain from Turkey. No two items are the same with each hand made piece having its own character and soul.